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On the Run by [Bourreau, Clara]
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-5-There's little to engage children in this spare book about a boy who learns that his father is an ex-bank robber serving time. Fourth-grader Anthony Cantes was raised believing his absentee dad, Rafael, is a wildlife photographer who visits exotic locales. The reality, though, is more grit than glamour-his father is awaiting trial for an earlier jail escape. Anthony's older sister, Lise, tells him the truth. After his mother relates a weak, less-than-illuminating back story about Rafael, the boy begs to visit him in prison. Just as his father's trial is about to begin, Anthony finds himself the target of school yard taunts-no one wants to associate with the son of a criminal. Rafael breaks out of jail once again, throwing everything into turmoil. But this time, Anthony takes flight with him. At this point, the story runs away, too, losing all logical focus. Readers will be hard-pressed to believe Rafael's antics, especially the shenanigans he pulls to see his children post-jailbreak. A tepid romance near the novel's end between a policeman's daughter and the protagonist seems more creepy than cute. Ultimately, Bourreau's attempts to manufacture intense drama fail due to flat characterization and an implausible, dull plot.-Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Anthony misses his photographer dad, who has been across the world for two years. What is the secret that his family is hiding? Anthony discovers that, in fact, Dad is in jail, awaiting trial for robbing a bank. Did he kill the bank guard? Then Dad escapes and, with his pictures all over the TV news, he comes to the family in disguise. When Dad leaves again, Anthony joins him on the run from the police. It was Grandpa who taught Anthony’s father to break the law, but Anthony knows that he will break the family tradition and not be a thief when he grows up. Translated from the French, the fast, spare, first-person narrative in the present tense captures the tension between the fugitives, as well as the son’s close bond with the father he loves. Packed with action, the exciting story will make readers rush to the end; then they will want to go back to talk about the issues of guilt and loyalty. Grades 5-8. --Hazel Rochman

Product Details

  • File Size: 2188 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UH4E2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,324,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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